There was just 1585 XY Fairmont Gts built for the South African market during 71-72, which followed on from a handful of the previous generation of XW Fairmont GTs. This was Ford Australia’s export version of the Falcon GT, which had a number of unique features distinguishing it from its Australian counterpart. As opposed to the “Super Roo”, the South African GT is known as the “Super Rhino” There are two reasons the Gt’s were badged Fairmont GT in South Africa;
1. South Africa never had a Falcon at the time, only Fairmont XR and XT. Therefore to keep the model name continuing, when the XW and XY GT’s were sold there, they re-badged them to be a Fairmont GT.
2. South Africa had imported a Canadian Falcon in the late 60’s. They had a bad reputation on reliability and build therefore Ford South Africa made the decision to re-badge them to a Fairmont GT
For more information and history on the “Super Rhino” visit website https://www.safairmontgt.com.au/history/
This car was imported from South African in 2004 to Queensland. Then it was sold in 2004 to current owner. The car is presented in Everglade Green with black XY GT Falcon spec trim. Running a 351 4v Cleveland and backed by a 4 speed top loader gearbox and 9 inch diff. There have been a couple of changes to the cars original specifications, such as a toploader replacing the factory auto, Falcon Gt stripes instead of the Super Rhino stripes, XY GT Falcon trim instead of Futura trim. The car is rust free and drives well, perfect for an enthusiast who appreciates the significance of these rare GT’s. Car is available for viewing in our Kogarah facility.